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Surprise, Surprise, G8 Fails to Take on Climate Change – June 26, 2010


Although climate change got four paragraphs in the G8 Muskoka Declaration--a document dubbed Recovery and New Beginnings coming out of the G8 Summit--it amounts to little more than a rehashing of earlier meetings, providing little new material and failing to deliver the momentum activists were hoping for at this halfway point between Copenhagen and Cop16 in Cancun, Mexico.

During Stephen Harper’s speech on the morning of June 26, climate change was relegated to one brief mention in a list of “also discussed” issues. At a morning press briefing, when asked about whether or not climate change was or… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Naomi Klein at G20: Use Robin Hood Tax to Pay Climate Debts – June 26, 2010

A call for a global movement ahead of COP16 (the UN Climate Conference being held in Cancun, Mexico, later this year) was launched at Massey Hall in Toronto last night as part of the Shout Out for Global Justice event held just blocks from the well-guarded bunkers that are home to the G20 summit in town.

“You're all part of a global movement for mother earth,” said Pablo Solon, Bolivia’s UN Ambassador, to a rousing ovation from the thousands in attendance. “We have presented the UN with the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth, and that is,… more

by: Ron Johnson

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G20 Protestors Urge Canada: Don’t Wait for US on Climate Change – June 25, 2010

Canada HarperOn the morning of June 25, a coalition of environmental groups issued a call to action at the G8/G20 summit in Toronto. Organized by Climate Action Network Canada, the press conference at the Summit’s alternative media centre highlighted a survey completed just days ago that saw 70 per cent of respondents saying they "support the government taking action to reduce fossil fuel subsidies.” In addition, the survey said that 78 per cent of respondents believe “the Canadian government should use the G8 and G20 meetings as an opportunity to signal that Canada wants to be a leader… more

by: Ron Johnson

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At G20, Europeans Are Last Hope of Getting Climate Change on Global Agenda – June 24, 2010

Sarkozy and CameronThe G8 and G20 Summits in Muskoka and Toronto could be a battle between a European contingent looking for solid commitments on climate change issues, and those hoping to water down the already minimal commitments. Unfortunately, with activists and progressive politicians having to fight just to get climate change on the Summit's economic agenda for a few minutes after lunch on Sunday, the end result isn't likely to create much of a ripple.  

In a release from the office of the European Union on June 23, president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and president… more

by: Ron Johnson

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G20 Protests Focus on Canada’s Mining and Tar Sand Industries – June 23, 2010

G20 Protest

It is 3:30 EST in Toronto and the aggressive, anti-establishment sounds of hip hop groups Testament and Illogic are entertaining protesters gathered in front of the University Courthouse, the last stop in a three-hour march through the city’s downtown core and financial district.

The climate and environmental justice movements are airing their grievances in anticipation of this weekend’s G20 summit. Unfortunately, attempts to get closer to the actual participants have been stymied by heavy police presence. According to one organizer, who acted as a “corporate clown” and emcee during the march, Toronto Police refused a request to extend the march… more

by: Ron Johnson

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